I love this Life Magazine gallery of mutant bikes built by members of the Steinlauf family in their Chicago bicycle shop more than 60 years ago!
(Yes, look closer. Caption from LIFE: “Only springs connect rear of Maurice Steinlauf’s bike with roving front wheel.”)
What a wonderfully wacky family! According to Life Magazine, December 27, 1948:
“By artfully applying welders’ torches to metal tubing, the chapter’s members transform ordinary, utilitarian bicycles into traveling monstrosities. By far the most outlandish ideas have come from the Steinlauf family, who produced from their bicycle repair shop most of the oddities [shown in the article]. They are hazardous; generally at least one member of the clan is to be found in the hospital.”